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BBM On Sunderland

5 April 2019

Manager Brian Barry-Murphy looks ahead to Saturday’s game against Sunderland at the Crown Oil Arena, his first in permanent charge…

“It’s a huge game for the club and it’s symbolic of what I’ve believed we always were as a club, going up against one of the bigger teams. We’ve had some amazing days at our own ground and away at different grounds against the giants of this division,” said BBM.

“The feedback I’ve been getting from the fans around the town is that these are the games that they love and they just want their team to represent what they are on any given day. We’ll try to play the way we’ve been playing over the last three or four games. We will try to put our input on the game and try to cause them as many problems as we can and be true to ourselves, irrespective of the result.

“We’ll be desperate to win and our lads are thriving to win, and we will be doing everything we can to try and win. I think it’s imperative that we perform the way that we want to perform.”

Barry-Murphy and his staff went to watch the Accrington Stanley v Sunderland game midweek, taking in Dale’s next two opponents.

“It will be an intriguing game from my own point of view for a number of reasons, but it’s a great chance to see two teams, ahead of what will be two difficult games that are coming up,” he said during the week.

“They are two very, very exciting games. The Sunderland game is obviously going to whet the players’ appetites, and Accrington Stanley in the local derby on Tuesday night is a unique occasion and one that our players will be really excited about. We’ve got two very good games coming up.”

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